n the past decade, vertical aeroponics has become a powerful way of growing produce and other plants without any soil. It helps to save time, energy, land space, and water for farming in an environmentally friendly manner. The benefits of this technique cannot be overstated as it is not only more efficient but also offers greater yields per square foot than traditional techniques, making it a force to be reckoned with in the agricultural industry.
What is vertical aeroponics and how does it work?
Vertical aeroponics is the process of suspending plants in vertically stacked layers, over a nutrient-filled water spray that is misted on by an atomizer nozzle. The roots are sprayed, which prevents them from becoming infected and rotting while also keeping pests away as they cannot reach them easily.
Dutch biologist, Frits Warmolt Went, is credited for coining the term “aeroponics” in 1957. However, it wasn’t until 1986 that it gained notoriety when Richard Stoner sold the first aeroponically grown food.
Vertical aeroponics works because when you break down all living things into their simplest form, there are just two types: Nitrogenous (vital compounds that plants need to grow) and Carbonaceous (matter found in soil). By removing the latter half of this equation, one leaves with only what is needed for vegetation growth, thus allowing for greater yield than traditional farming techniques.
This technique can be used successfully indoors or outdoors, whether in greenhouses or warehouses where more natural sunlight is not available. It is a technique that will be the future of farming, so it’s worth looking into and investing in now.
What are the advantages of aeroponics?
There are many advantages to using vertical aeroponics. The first being that it is an environmentally-friendly way of growing produce as there is no soil involved, and the plants are suspended in the air with roots sprayed for healthy growth. Not only does this technique take up less space than traditional farming methods, but results also show better yields per square foot – making it more efficient while providing greater crop quality because nothing can impede on its progress.
The other major advantage is the time and energy that aeroponics saves. Traditionally, when plants were grown in soil, they needed to be watered by hand or drip-fed with a hose, which can make for pretty long days at work and risk of accidents. Using aeroponics, the plants are watered much more efficiently with a nutrient-filled water spray that is misted on by an atomizer nozzle and does not require much time or energy expended to maintain it.
Pests are also less of a problem with vertical aeroponics, as they are unable to reach the plants. Traditional farming methods can be plagued by pests such as aphids and beetles, who live in nutrient-rich soil and love nothing better than feasting on plants. In comparison, this is not an issue in vertical aeroponics because it doesn’t use any soil whatsoever.
Many farmers find that this is a technique worth investing in and getting more information on, as it has only gained momentum. It seems to be an investment well made because not only do you get better quality and disease-free produce but there are financial gains too with lower costs for energy consumption and labor required. This method will revolutionize how we grow food – so don’t think about it any longer!
What type of plants can you grow with aeroponics?
The type of plants you can grow with vertical aeroponics will vary depending on the designer. However, some common examples are wheatgrass, kale, basil, and lettuce. There is also an endless list of vegetables grown in this way, such as peppers (cayenne) and tomatoes (cherry and beefsteak), as well as herbs like thyme and oregano!
There’s no end to what can be grown; if it’s edible, then there’s a good chance that it has been successfully cultivated using aeroponic techniques. Location doesn’t matter either – because the water and nutrient-filled mist act as an aerosol. A plant-like mushroom requires less CO² than other types of vegetation, so they make excellent candidates for use in indoor environments where natural sunlight isn’t available.
Equipment to consider for aeroponics
There are many different types of equipment available, so it’s worth doing some research before you go out and buy.
To grow aeroponically, an enclosure is required to trap humidity and prevent light from reaching the roots. The nutrient solution should be disposed from a separate container.
There are aeroponic systems that use horizontally arranged planting beds, similar to what we see in the traditional farming method. Towers that use vertical systems are also a great option, as they require less space. In addition, vertical misting systems provide moisture distribution via gravity through the placement of misting devices at the top.
Some people are tempted to go for low-pressure systems due to its low cost, but high-pressure systems are ideal for aeroponics. With low-pressure systems, there is a risk of delivering light sprays that are not adequate enough to nourish the plants, but with high-pressure systems, you are able to produce a powerful mist that is effective in delivering the nutrient solution to the plant roots.
For effective moisture, use a pressurized water tank coupled with top-quality misters.
If you are looking to invest in a new vertical aeroponics system, it’s important that you choose the right one with care and consideration. The quality of your plants will depend on which components they’re grown within!
Many are looking to vertical aeroponics as an innovative and exciting new way of growing produce. With these benefits combined with the potential for reduced water consumption, it should come as no surprise that there has been such a rapid rise in adoption rates over the past decade. It’s time to get on board this rapidly-growing agricultural trend before you find yourself left behind!
Contact NaturaPonics today if you want to learn about how we can help you incorporate vertical aeroponics into your farming operation or provide expert consulting services, so you don’t have any problem keeping up with industry trends.